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The Advantages of a Spec Home

May 4, 2018

If you’ve been in the market for a brand-new home, you might have heard something about spec homes—or perhaps inventory homes, move-in ready homes or homes under construction. Our personal favorite is quick move-in homes, but they all refer to the same thing: new homes that builders begin construction on before they’re under contract to a buyer. This enables new communities to keep a steady flow of homes for prospective homeowners. It also provides you, the homebuyer, with some special advantages. Read on for how…

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Getting Ahead of the Bidding War Game

April 30, 2018

Picture this. A home goes up for sale in a sought-after neighborhood. Maybe it’s located in a well-rated school district or offers an ideal commute to work. You see that the home is in your range and try to beat the competition with a fast offer above asking price (this isn’t the first home you’ve bid on). But an investor has already offered more—and they’re willing to pay all cash. The seller, understandably, takes the higher and more expedient offer, and your house hunt continues.…

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Day in the Life: Longmont, CO

April 10, 2018
View of Longs Peak from McIntosh Lake in Longmont, CO

Longmont—Boulder’s countryside cousin to the northeast—has officially come into its own. Remaining true to its agricultural roots, yet brimming with hip eateries and breweries, beautiful parks and open spaces, a revitalized outdoor mall and a surging Main Street (besting Boulder’s Pearl Street in sales tax revenue last year), Longmont has developed into one of Boulder County’s most popular hangouts and places to live. Here’s a look at what a day in the life might look like for you as a resident. 8:00 A.M. WALK AROUND…

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Comparing Builder Websites and Third-party Real Estate Websites

February 13, 2018

What do websites like Zillow, Redfin and Realtor.com have in common? They aggregate data from multiple-listing services (MLS), enabling them to show you home listings from a variety of sellers. This includes resale listings from homeowners as well as new home listings from builders. But did you know you may be missing out if you never take a look at builders’ websites? Check out how the two types of websites stack up below—and keep in mind that it’s not an either/or discussion. You might find,…

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Buyers Find Lifestyle and Sustainability in Harmony, Florida

January 30, 2018

Central Florida homebuyers who value community amenities may want to consider the popular Harmony masterplan near St. Cloud.   From the beginning, this enclave of new homes was created with the idea that residents would live “in harmony with nature.” Harmony developed a cooperative relationship with the University of Florida’s Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in the early 2000s and sustainability has always been a priority.   Now, in 2018, this unique community of new homes is well on its way to realizing its…

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